Without the basic conveniences that help us get through the week, what would life be like? A beautiful drink of whiskey, trashy TV, cozy pajamas, and good pals. We applaud you for being able to pour a few ounces of Fireball into a glass and call it a night. But some of us want a little more value for our money when we indulge in mankind’s greatest vice. Everyone has a scotch drinker inside of them; some of us just aren’t aware of it yet.
Despite whiskey’s apparent simplicity, a lot must happen to a bottle before it can be regarded as such legally. While scotch whiskey (without the “e”) is similar to bourbon in terms of color, alcohol concentration, and occasionally taste, it belongs to a different class and cannot be called bourbon. What exactly qualifies as scotch, and how does it get that way?
What is a good scotch?
You can’t go wrong with any type of Glenfiddich or Glenlivet scotch whisky, which both offer 12 to 50 year old options since 1887 and 1824 respectively.
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Scotch vs. Bourbon
According to Greg King, the Scotch Brand Ambassador, both scotch and bourbon are whiskeys. “Similar to “wine” or “beer,” whiskey is a general phrase. You can choose between scotch whisky created in Scotland or bourbon whiskey, which is an American whiskey.” According to Greg, the legalities of where and how a whisky is produced have a significant role in what distinguishes it from bourbon. Scotch has been around for hundreds of years; the first record of the spirit was found in the “Exchequer Rolls” in 1494, which is almost 500 years ago.
A whiskey must be produced in the United States and contain at least 51 percent maize in order to be categorised as bourbon. Whiskey must also be matured in fresh, charred oak barrels to qualify as bourbon. In contrast to scotch, bourbon is created using a “mash bill” – a concoction of grains used to make whiskey. Scotch, on the other hand, is created from malted barley that has spent a minimum of three years maturing in oak barrels.
Scotland is the birthplace of tried-and-true scotch. With well-known brands like The GlenDronach, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Macallan, and Glenglassaugh finding its way around the globe and into tumblers all over the world, there were 133 functioning Scotch whiskey distilleries in Scotland as of 2019.